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Knives Out Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I’m back with another review and though it is a little later than I expected, I am sharing my thoughts on Knives Out via my podcast Film Focus.

On episode 93 of the podcast, I finally get to take about another one of my most anticipated films of 2019 in the form of Knives Out; the latest film from Rian Johnson. Now I have been looking forward to this film from the time the cast was assembled and the trailers only increased my excitement for the film. So now that it’s out in the wild is the film good or not? Well, check out this spoiler-free review to find out.

Anyway here’s the review:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Knives Out and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2019 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: All the Money in the World

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m being you the second review of the day in the form of All the Money in the World.  So is this film I didn’t really have an intention to watch and only knew of it because of the new of Kevin Spacey being replaced not too long before the film’s release last year. But because of The Top 10 Show, a podcast  I listen to, those guys spoke highly of the film and that convinced me it was worth a watch.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.” I found this film to be far more captivating than I expected. Even though the retrieval of the John Paul Getty was at the forefront of the story, there were so many extra layers to discover involving the not only the main characters but even the kidnappers. The focus on money was great, like how it corrupts and influences people, how those who have it never have enough due to greed and those who don’t have money want more or hate how it controls so much of what we do in our lives. In the end, I just enjoyed how the story got more and more complicated with interesting twists and turns, revelations and uncomfortable situations. With the cast, they were all really good, though Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams really stood out. Plummer’s performance as Jean Paul Getty was outstanding, he was charming yet cold, and was able to show such a great range of emotions as he was calculated, deceptive, selective and cruel. I also appreciated learning about Getty’s mindset, how he functions, why he’s so rich and buys what he does. At first, he seems to come across as an eccentric asshole who loves himself and his possessions, and while those aspects of him don’t change, you at least understand him. As for Williams as Gail Harris, she was incredible playing a caring and concerned, yet strong and resourceful woman with the focus on getting her son back by any means. I loved Gail’s strong moral compass, sense f conviction and tough attitude, and even in the face of such horrible situations filled with fear, disappointment and danger, she continues with her search. As for Mark Wahlberg as Fletcher Chase, I heard he was bad and considered that he was the worse part of the film. That being said I thought he was quite good, sometimes his line delivery was questionable, but I did like his performance. I thought Charlie Plummer was also solid as John Paul Getty III, and Romain Duris was very good as Cinquanta, as one of Getty lll’s kidnappers he had more screen time and ended up being quite engaging. Another aspect I liked about the film was the score from Daniel Pemberton which really enhanced the scenes it was used in. In conclusion, All the Money in the World was really enjoyable and I liked it far more than I expected, thanks to an intriguing plot and great performances from Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams.

So have you seen All the Money in the World and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Hector and the Search for Happiness Review

Howdy ladies and gents, welcome to another review from your strange opinionated friend, the Hypersonic55. Today I give you my review of Hector and the Search for Happiness. Now I had heard of this film just days before it came out and I wasn’t even sure I was gonna watch it, but after seeing a friend on Facebook say that it was pretty good I had to give it a try, plus it had Simon Pegg in it so it couldn’t be that bad right?

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The plot for the film can be described as the following:

“Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.”

The story was very fun, interesting engaging and surprisingly heartfelt. I thought I had this film figured out from the advertising and in the beginning I seriously thought I was going to watch some generic romantic comedy with a bit of drama, but this film surprised me at just how insightful and bold it is. This film’s central theme is happiness and what it means to different people and it is so intriguing to see people’s varying opinions and with the travelling to different countries you got to see different ways of life and cultures and I films where there’s travelling. What really struck me was the similar story and tone to last year’s The Secret Life of Walter Minty (which I wasn’t too keen on), this film basically gave me what I had hoped for in Walter Minty. I got emotionally invested.

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When it comes to the cast they are all pretty good but it is really the central performance from Simon Pegg that makes this film special. Pegg has always been a fun and engaging actor, but he taps into deeper territories here. Hector is a psychiatrist who is living a good, if somewhat repetitive and hollow life and he’s got deep-rooted issues and he is sort of aware of his problems, but he hides it. It is not until his journey across the world begins that he truly starts to live his life and see what true happiness looks like. I feel like this is the most dramatic performance that Simon Pegg has done to date, the man is mainly known for comedy and nothing more and while he does that well here too, he does dive into some emotional territories not seen from him before and I liked seeing that. And then there’s Rosamund Pike who is wonderful as Clara, Hector’s long-time girlfriend. Pike is a successful woman in her job, has a bubbly and fun personality, she’s gorgeous and is totally dedicated to Hector and helps him in his daily life. she’s the perfect girlfriend. However she does have some insecurities of her own and due to Hector’s habits it does make for some questionable and aggressive conflicts between them. Pike has been one of those actresses that only got on my radar in the last 2 years but every time I see her I like her more and more, she’s totally fun and charismatic and a totally beautiful too. Pegg and Pike have good chemistry, their banter and relationship feels authentic and I think that’s due to their experience working together in the past.

Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd is also great as Edward, he’s banker who Hector ran into while on a plane heading to China and they hang out while he’s out there. The man has a very narrow-minded view opinion on happiness but sure knows how’s to have fun when it comes  to living it up on the rich side of life. I haven’t seen SkarsgĂ„rd in a mean and ‘no-so-good’ kind of person, but he does his role very well and I thought he was pretty cool. Toni Collette is great as Agnes and Christopher Plummer who is always nice a nice face to see was funny and interesting as Professor Coreman. And imagine my surprise when I saw Jean Reno appear in this film. I love this guy and to see him as Diego was a delightful experience, even after all these years the guy is still a good actor and even though his part was small he was cool and intense. Oh and shout out to Togo Igawa who provided some of my favourite moments interacting with Hector as Old Monk, his character was humorous and insightful.

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In conclusion Hector and the Search for Happiness is wonderful full of humour, charm, drama and life lessons. In addition to the lovely story the visual presentation is pretty and interesting and the soundtrack by Dan Mangan and Jesse Zubot is quite varied, uplifting and interesting. This is a beautiful film and leaves you with a great feeling after it is over and with an incredible central performance from Simon Pegg it is certainly a film worth a watch.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Hector and the Search for Happiness and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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